What is Zinc?
Zinc is one of the most common elements in the earth's crust.
It is found in air, soil, and water, and is present in all foods.
Pure zinc is a bluish-white shiny metal.
Zinc has many commercial uses as coatings to prevent rust,
in dry cell batteries, and mixed with other metals to make alloys
like brass, and bronze. A zinc and copper alloy is used to make
pennies in the United States.
Zinc combines with other elements to form zinc compounds.
Common zinc compounds found at hazardous waste sites include
zinc chloride, zinc oxide, zinc sulfate, and zinc sulfide. Zinc
compounds are widely used in industry to make paint, rubber,
dyes, wood preservatives, and ointments.
Related Resources for Zinc
CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances
Prioritization of substances based on a combination of their
frequency, toxicity, and potential for human exposure at
National Priorities List (NPL) sites.
Succintly characterizes the toxicologic and adverse health
effects information for mixtures of hazardous substances.
Minimal Risk Levels (MRLs)
Intended to serve as a screening tool to help public health
professionals decide where to look more closely.
Public Health Statement
Summary about a hazardous substance taken from Chapter One
of its respective ATSDR Toxicological Profile.
Fact sheet that answers the most frequently asked questions
about a contaminant and its health effects.
Succinctly characterizes the toxicologic and adverse health
effects information for a hazardous substance.
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